New intimate relationships in later life: Consequences for social and filial relationships
2013 (English)In: 2nd ISA forum of Sociology, Ssocial Justice and Democratization, 1–4, August 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Book of Abstracts, 2013, 65-65 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Lots of prior social gerontological research has focused on filial rela-tions in informal care as well as the impact of widowhood on social relation-ships in later life. In this paper we instead ask how a new intimate relation-ship in later life effect relationships with children, relatives and friends. In particular we focus on the effects that a new intimate partner in later life has on filial, social and care obligations. To answer these questions, qualitative interviews were conducted with a strategical sample of 28 Swedes, 63–91 years, who had established a new intimate relationship after the age of 60 (or who are dating). We found that the respondents describe changes over their life-time in what we conceptualize as the ‘relationship chain’ – a hierarchy in social and care responsibilities – where the new partner in established relations steps in at the very front of the chain. This is positively perceived by the informants, who recurrently describe their partners as a resource for their own autonomy as well as that of their children, relatives and friends.
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2013. 65-65 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21127DiVA: diva2:898123
2nd ISA forum of Sociology, Ssocial Justice and Democratization, 1–4, August 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina